Rising to the Challenge: San Diego’s Emergency Relief Grants for Small Businesses and Nonprofits Affected by Jan. 22 Flooding and Storms


Applications now open in San Diego for small business grants to help with flood relief

San Diego’s small businesses and nonprofits can now apply for emergency relief grants to help them recover from the Jan. 22 flooding and subsequent storms. The Business Emergency Response & Resilience Grant offers financial assistance of up to $5,000 for qualifying businesses and nonprofits located within the city’s federally designated Promise Zone and Low-Moderate Income Census tract areas. The goal is to provide support to as many as 100 businesses and nonprofits.

As part of the community’s recovery, Mayor Todd Gloria highlighted the importance of supporting neighborhood businesses. He encouraged business owners to start preparing to apply for the grants. The funds can be used for expenses such as storm cleanup, repairs, employee wages, and insurance deductibles. This financial assistance is part of the city’s efforts to ease the burden on residents and small businesses affected by the natural disaster and to help them get back on their feet.

To qualify for the grant, business owners need to demonstrate that they were impacted by the storm and have a current Business Tax Certificate on file with the city. Additionally, the grants are only available for businesses with 12 or fewer employees. This program has a budget of $370,000 through San Diego’s Small Business Enhancement Program.

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